Song of the Week (Revamped) #12-Weekend by mac Miller

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Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

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Malcolm James McCormick, best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a noted record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman.

I work at a cafe and when I’m opening at 6 am in the morning, this is the song I am looking forward to when I need to get through the day. Although my ‘weekends’ are more like Tuesdays and Thursdays it’s still the same. I’m always waiting for the weekend not because I have those days off, but because I can relax and do shit. Weekend is an extremely mellow song and even if you’re not a fan of rap, you just might like this song. It’s that good.

Favourite part:

I got a little bit of money fillin’ my pockets
Roll around like I run this shit
I got a system filled up with toxins
Ive been broken-hearted, now it’s fuck that bitch
Getting high to deal with my problems
Fucking bitches, getting drunk as shit
But these bitches getting obnoxious
They nothin’ to me though I love this shit
Go long days, longer nights
Talk too much, the wrong advice
All the lights, and call my life
Doctor, doctor, will you help me
Keep me healthy, keep it low, this where hell be
Ain’t shit you can tell me now

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here.

Song of the Week (Revamped) #6-I Like You so Much Better when You’re Naked by Ida Maria

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Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen, better known simply as Ida Maria, is a Norwegian musician and songwriter. Her first album, Fortress Round My Heart, was released in 2008.

Everything’s better when you’re naked. This song is upbeat and feisty. It’s hard to believe that no one knows about her and her classic ‘cherry bomb’ vocals. This song is just pure fun.

Favourite part:

What the hell do I do this for?
You’re just another guy
OK, you’re kind of sexy
But you’re not really special

But I won’t mind
If you take me home
Come on, take me home

I won’t mind
if you take off all your clothes
Come on, take them off

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here.

Book Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

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Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: March 11, 2014

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

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Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Talk about a half-assed book! I found myself shaking my head a lot for both good and bad reasons. But despite Ask Again Later being half-assed, it’s still a fun novel. There’s a lot of memories and events that go on in the story that held my attention, not to mention the awesome alternate reality.

I’m saying this story could have been a lot better because everything about it is just so….Half assed. I’m sorry that I can’t another word to explain it but that’s how I felt towards the whole the. Starting with the characters, every single one of them feels very shoved into the book with barely any back story. Readers will get just about a brief summary of how Heart knows a character and then that’s it. The relationships between all of the characters felt contrived and pathetic, leaving

Ask Again Later is written with two alternative realities. One where she goes to prom with her brother’s friend, Troy and one where she goes with her friend, Ryan. Pretty much right off the bat, you can tell which one is the better way to go with and I loved reading this, it solves the ‘what if’ factor that many people would be thinking about.

Liz Czukas’s debut will reside well with many young adult readers–it’s fun, light, and full of fun moments. Unfortunately, for people who might be looking for something fun and light-hearted yet properly executed, this novel isn’t it. It’s sloppily done with the characters being flimsy, forced relationships, and a setting that feels kind of shoved in there. But it’s a fun ride so that makes up for some of it.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Weekly Update#7

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What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Nothing

Tuesday

Book review: Arclight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

Wednesday

Nothing

Thursday

Book review: Ostrich by Matt Greene

Friday

Nothing

Saturday

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Books Read This Week

Ostrich by Matt Greene

The Pledge (The Pledge#1) by Kimberly Derting

Albums Listened To This Week

Something to Smile About by We Still Dream

Currently Reading

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

City of Bones (For the first time!)

Currently Listening To

Youth by Citizen

Genuine & Counterfeit by William Beckett

Book Review: Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas

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Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Contemporary and young adult

Release Date: March 5, 2013 (Original date: June 1, 1996)

Pages: 224 (Paperback)

Rats Saw God

For Steve York, life was good. He had a 4.0 GPA, friends he could trust, and a girl he loved. Now he spends his days smoked out, not so much living as simply existing.

But his herbal endeavors — and personal demons — have led to a severe lack of motivation. Steve’s flunking out, but if he writes a one-hundred-page paper, he can graduate.

Steve realizes he must write what he knows. And through telling the story of how he got to where he is, he discovers exactly where he wants to be….

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A beautiful story about love and how messed up it can make us. Told from the perspective of Steve York, a teen going in a downwards spiral from really great to not-so-great. The beginning is fast paced and funny but somewhere during the second part it slows down a lot.  The characters are original and very likeable I fell in love with Doug, Steve, and Sarah right away. Overall,this is a great read.

There is only a few flaws that kept Rats Saw God from being a five-star read for me. One of those things is that it’s really disorganized with the past and present stories. Instead of taking readers to the past for an explanation for something that affects Steve in the present, Rob Thomas takes readers to the past of something that doesn’t have any real connection to anything in the chapter. Another reason it didn’t make my favourite shelf is because during the second half, things slow down by a great deal to an almost snail-like pace which made the story seem boring even though it shouldn’t have been. And even though I love Steve, he’s a great character, during the second half of the story, Steve becomes this lovesick puppy that is not as funny as he was during the first half.

Stories with a male protagonist, I expect there to be tons of humour and sarcastic content. I don’t know why, I just do. Rats Saw God delivers and surpasses my expectations with very funny, realistic characters and a relaxed, sarcastic writing style. Steve, as a character really grows and learns a lot throughout the novel that it’s hard not to feel empathetic for him. The relationship between Doug and Steve is strong too, with their love for nothing (a.k.a. Dadaism) and video games, it’s a lot of fun to read about them.

Rats Saw God is quite a moving novel about love, life, and growing up. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read with a serious undertone. And really, this novel is a story within a story, which is a bonus.

Four Dreamy Clouds

Four Dreamy Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Album Lyrics Of The Week#2

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My favourite lyrics from the albums that I’ve listened to during the week.

My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes By The Cinema

The_Cinema_-_My_Blood_Is_Full_of_Airplanes Favourite Lyrics:

1. I got a mess on my hands from the process,

we leave tomorrow cause I needed to solve this

we got all of the world at our fingers,

you got a pretty little face and features

so we’ll call every place we go, home

(Taken from ‘Banker’)

2. And Then I had this dream I was fast as lightning,
flying in a suitcase over these islands?
But this time I’m not wakin’ up

Get it right this time,
I’m throwing lassos at the sky
Catching moments as big as my eyes,
Intoxicating like, like we’re on a gold mine
Get it right this time,
I’m throwing islands at your eyes
That’s right you got me practicing lies,
Intoxicating like, like we’re on a gold mine
(Taken from ‘My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes’)

3. Cause everyone believes
In what they cannot see
But if that makes you happy
Then we can wake up
(Taken from ‘She’s On My Arm Now’)

Aim and Ignite By Fun. 

220px-Funaimandignite Favourite Lyrics:

1. I don’t keep friends,I keep acquainted,
I’m not a prophet, But I’m here to profit.

That’s all, I’m gone! That’s my life, Nothing is sacred.
I don’t fall in love, I just fake it.
(Taken from ‘At Least I’m Not Sad (As I Used To Be’)

2. Hearts do break
and I must admit
I found a verse and a chorus
so I might have been faking it.
Think I really only cried just once.

(Taken from ‘Walking The Dog’)

Song Of The Day#9-C’Mon Ft. Fun. By Panic! At The Disco

I love Panic! At the Disco! They are amazing! I found out about them watching MuchMusic’s Top 100 back in…2009 I think. The first song that I ever listened to was, I Write Sins, Not Tragedies. Panic! at the Disco is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2005. They just added their third permanent member earlier this summer,  Dallon Weekes who used to play bass for them on tour.

C’Mon by Panic! At The Disco is pretty much P!ATD at they’re best really. This easy to dance to tune and lovable lyrics remind me one of my favourite movies, Alice In Wonderland with the rabbit, the falling down a hole, and getting lost when you want to go home. It is just an amazing song that I have loved since the first day I listened to it.

My favourite part is:

What would my head be like

If not for my shoulders

Or without your smile

May it follow you forever

May it never leave you

To sleep in the stone,

May we stay lost on our way home
C’mon, c’mon, with everything falling down around me

I’d like to believe in all the possibilities

You can listen to C’Mon Featuring Fun. By Panic! At The Disco Here.

Lyrics are Here.